National Wildlife Federation


The National Wildlife Federation is America's largest conservation organization, with more than 6 million members supporters and an affiliate network in 52 states and territories. The National Wildlife Federation’s mission is to “unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in a rapidly changing world.”

NWF’s work in advocacy, education, science, and on-the-ground conservation is organized around three strategic pillars:

  • Protect, Restore, and Connect Wildlife Habitat: Conserving and restoring habitat across America’s diverse landscape, including protected lands, working lands, waterways, coasts, and communities
  • Transform Wildlife Conservation: Advancing 21st century wildlife management, combatting climate change, defending public trust resources, and addressing systemic threats like invasive species and wildlife diseases
  • Connect Americans with Wildlife: Inspiring the next generation of conservationists and mobilizing a diverse conservation army.

The National Wildlife Federation has a long history of working on climate change, with programs on both climate mitigation and adaptation. NWF’s climate adaptation work has focused on advancing the science and practice of adaptation, including through development of the “climate-smart conservation” adaptation planning process. In recognition of this work, NWF was the first NGO recipient of the National Climate Adaptation Leadership Award For Natural Resources.